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an entire ighborhood. what happened there? and just hours from now, one of the american hikers held in an iranian prison for more than a year is expected to be released. and a ship that is taken controlled by somali pirates. and, first, pastor terry jones added to the confusion in just the past hour when he issued a challenge to the islamic center behind the mosque being built in ground zero. he told the imam to call him within the next two hours. in the meantime, president obama wants to condemn the idea of burning the muslim holy book
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saying it will cause profound damage to the u.s. interest abroad. >> although this might be one individual in florida, part of my concern is to make sure that we don't start having a whole bunch of folks all across the country think a way of our troops, sons and daughters. >> more on the latest development in florida. tom, what is the latest that you're hearing right now? >> right now we're still waiting on the so-called challenge and what is going to come of it. the reverend terry jones came out and we're expecting comments. and he's a very high up evangelical leader. he gave phone numbers out so that the imam in new york could
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call him. we're unsure about what the purpose of this is. they stated clearly that, a, they didn't have any contact with the parties down here and that they are not going to barter any trading here for the move up in the mosque in new york. so we're very much here waiting for word on what is going to happen. they said regardless of what happens around 3:30, 3:20 they will make more comments. they said, is it right for the imam up in new york to establish a mosque in new york? he says no. but is it the right thing sth he says no. we're still waiting on a lot of answers and around 3:30 we're hoping to get more clarity.
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they tried to say that they don't want the cat and mouse game. >> thank you very much. let me go down to new york to get this angle of the story from peter alexander who is near the site of the proposed islamic center. security is being beefed up for tomorrow. peter, i understand and shortly out before the challenge terry jones and very quickly due to the words of the imam who said, i am prepared to consider meeting with anyone who is seriously committed to pursing peace. we have no such meeting planned. with the solemn day of september
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11 upon us, i encourage everyone to take time for prayer and reflex. this intersection right here is really in the cross hairs of couldn't verse ree within this country right now. this is the corner of park place and west broadway. this is where there will be a vigil held this evening. this is people who support the construction of this mosque. they welcome it here and support religious freedom. tomorrow it will be the site of the commemoration of 9/11 as well as dualing demonstrations, some who support the construction of the islamic cultural center and others who oppose it. i want to put up on the screen, this comes from a poll that was done exclusively of new yorkers essentially gazing their opinion of the site. when it was done last month, 34% said they supported the center here. 53 opposed it. you can see the new numbers now
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that 41% of the new yorkers do support it while 51% oppose it. a growing number of residents here in new york city say that they are okay with its construction here. perhaps the best way to describe all of this was in this morning's a.m. new york that read, mosque mess. and it's been exactly that for the last several hours as the arguing goes on both sides of the conversation right here at this intersection. >> peter, thank you very much. firefighters in california are searching through the rubble of a suburban san francisco neighborhood following a violent fiery explosion that left four people -- look at this video. the massive explosion unleashed an intense fireball that shot 1,000 feet into the air leading to a massive fire that burned several homes. this happened around 6:00 in the evening.
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>> a huge ball of smoke everywhere and we had to run for our lives. >> i had a car in the driveway but it was burning already. >> monday fee francis is with kntv in san bruno, california. we heard that authorities are going door to door looking for people that may be injured. what is the story there? >> reporter: tamron, we expect the house to house searches to begin any moment. the death toll stands at 4 people. many more injured. it was a rupture of a gas transmission line that caused a huge explosion and fire at about 6:15 last night. let me show you what is happening right now. people are gathering at this perimeter. people who live in the fire zone are gathering here to see if they can get in to assess the damage to their homes.
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i saw one man who seems to think that he can see his home from this far of a distance and saw one home right next door destroyed but he seemed to think that his was just slightly damaged. the residents have been told to stay out because the area is not deemed safe. fire crew also go house to house to see if there are victims. there are 12 specially trained dogs to help sniff those victims out. it's been an a source of ongoing investigation that there's no estimate on the number of people still unaccounted for. some good news, fire crews have a handle on the fire that is brewing here. the death toll he expected to go up. that's the harsh reality that everyone here is san bruno is facing. >> monte, what can you tell me
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about the people that said they smelled gas before the explosion? >> reporter: we spoke to someone that smelled gas up to a week before the explosion happened and he called pge, pacific gas and electric and they had workers come out and respond to that but that nothing was done. we put that to the president of pg&e. he said that the cause of the fire is under investigation. >> monte, thank you. hundreds of people who were evacuated from a fire burning in boulder, colorado, will get a chance to go back and survey their homes. a wildfire has destroyed nearly 170 homes. right now firefighters estimate they have 45% of the wildfire contained. well, during a wide range of
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press conference, president obama defended the policies and tried to ensure americans that the economy will get better. at the same time, the president admitted that it's been painfully slow. on one major issue, extending the bush tax cuts and leaving the door opening and call it is a bad idea. >> i've got the republicans holding middle class tax relief hostage because they are insisting that we've got to give tax relief to millionaires. >> mike, what the president was saying there is, we can make a deal, if you will, by making middle class tax cuts, those who make $250,000 per year for a couple and deal with the wealthy later but he can't get to the republicans because they are holding the middle class people hostage. >> it's fascinating, tamron.
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up until then we assumed that the president was going to be detailing what did not include the threshold of $250,000. we know the story here. the bush tax cuts expire at the end of this year. it's up to congress to renew them. the republicans and some democrats want to renew them from everybody. the president wants to cut it off for people making above $250,000. he says the middle class tax cuts should be made permanent. we all agree on that. let's do it. so a lot of wiggle room there for the president today. the response from john boehner for all of it is as follows. he, of course, is the republican leader in the house. these are half-hearted proposals and full-throated political attacks will not end the uncertainty that is keeping small businesses. there are new signs that that is
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actually going to happen. the press conference then turned when our own chuck todd asked him about the change that will come with elevation and the tone of washington has not changed, has it, mr. president? that was the question that chuck had asked and here's the response. >> are there, you know, things that i might have done during the course of 18 months that would at the margins have improved some of the tone in washington? probably. is some of this just a core difference in approach in terms of how we move this country forward between democrats and republicans? i would say the answer is a lot more the latter. >> and tamron, the other issue that dominated this press
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conference, the plan, is he or isn't he, the burning of the koran, obviously the president speaking out very forcefully, now is not the time to play games when you're talking about the lives of american troops. tamron? >> mike, thank you. president obama has a new right hand man advising him on the economy. during his news conference, he announced that austan goolsbee will be the chairman, council of the economic advisers. and one of three american hikers arrested along the iran/iraq border more than a year ago should be coming home soon. and buying up thousands of copies of one book to keep the contents away from prying eyes? separate fact from fiction in this story. and later, the faa is change the rules for how long pilots can fly. what it means for you. this is msnbc. ♪ keep feeling fascination
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welcome back. fidel castro says his recent remarks of the economic model no longer works, he said that he was misinterpreted. he said that the cuban model does not work for us anymore. castro claims that he told goldberg that capitalism does not work for the u.s. or the world and that it creates a repetitive crisis. the 84-year-old castro spoke in the launching of his seconds volume of memoirs. a woman who has been held captive for more than a year in iran will be released.
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will be released tomorrow. one iranian news agency says the release is the result of intervention by president ahmadinejad. she's one of three americans captured in iran back in july 2009. iranian officials says the trio crossed into the country while hiking near the iraq-iran border. we are live from london. what else do we know about how this is going to be staged? will her mother or parents be able to make it there in time? >> well, that's right. as you mentioned, tamron, president ahmadinejad moved in to security her release saying it was on the grounds of her gender. in a statement that seems contradictory in these cases, the president intervened in part because of the special view point of this islamic republic of iran on the dignity of women. as far as where and how, the venue has been changed.
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it was meant to be at the hotel where they met with their parents in may but they've now moved the ceremony and the vice president is coming to a in palace that possibly josh and shane might also be freed. but, again, that's complete speculation. the venue has moved to a much bigger place and the vice president is coming. it's going to be a day of surprises i'm sure. >> there are reports, ali, that sarah is perhaps being released because of her health. what else can you tell me about that. >> that's right. we were able to interview the three of them at this hotel back in may. and they all looked pretty tired. it was evident that a year in jail took an emotional toll on them. but sarah looked the most tired of them all. she complained that she wasn't feeling well. apparently she told her mother that she's not receiving medical attention. her mother said that sarah has lumps on her breast and that nobody is seeing to them.
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so there could be medical grounds is why they are letting her go, that they can't deal with her problems in iran. >> all right. we will see what happens. ali, live for us from london. thank you. coming up, sarah palin ruffles her republican feathers by endorsing another tea party candidate. plus, a programming note. tomorrow on msnbc, a living history event. 9/11 as it happened. watch the "today" show's coverage of the event as it played out live on television. nine years ago. you're watching msnbc.
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arkansas, indiana, and pennsylvania. illinois, kcolorado, wisconsin, and nevada. democrats are less likely to kick off a seat? >> that's right. you can see the environment that has really changed from 2009 up until now. they are all republican pick-up opportunities. >> okay. let's look at delaware here. >> this is one of the best pick-up opportunities. this is joe bidens old senate seat. mike castle, a congressman from delaware has been a front-runner for a long time.
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however, he's receiving a primary challenge from a tea-party backed christine o'donnell. if she pulls off the upset that could give kuns. and then giannoulias and mark kirk, they are 50/50. they are flawed and you're seeing what mark kirk has going for him is the overall political environment but alexi is running in a blue state of illinois, which is president obama's home state. you look at those forces and say which force is greater and we'll find out on election night. >> and then in washington, that could mean an all nighter depending on the results? >> exactly. the reason why the republicans need to pick up ten senate
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seats. it's an uphill climb but washington is the state that we've voted number ten on our list. we're probably going to be up real late at night between patty murray and dina rossi. >> mark murray, thanks. >> thank you. well a. new book about to be released could contain major pentagon secrets. what the department of defense is going to do. the story is pretty intriguing. plus, what could be a landmark ruling in the debate over vaccines and autism. what it means for thousands of other cases still in court. and, later, sarah ferguson is getting her own show. that's pretty cool.
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a federal court has awarded $1.5 million. the family of a little girl who developed autism-like symptoms after receiving five vaccinations in one day. hanna was less than 2 years old when she got the shots which were meant to protect her against nine diseases. her parents say immediately after she developed a fever, seizures, and severe health problems. her parents filed a claim with what is known as the federal vaccine court. >> i wanted to know why my daughter, who had been completely normal, until getting nine vaccines in one day, was suddenly no longer there. >> the suit was filed in 2002. six years later the governor said that the vaccine aggravated a cell disorder which left her with permanent brain damage and
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autistic-like symptoms. the court agreed on the amount to be paid to the family. karen, the defense attorney and former prosecutor. the natural question is, you have parents who, despite research and science, who believe that their child's autism is linked to vaccines, does this open a litigation door for them? >> well, there's already 4800 cases in the vaccine court n. federal vaccine court. the test cases so far, up until this case, the cases that were tried were lost. it really looked like there was going to be no medical evidence to link autism with the vaccines. however, this does put a huge shink in the arms of the government. one of the most disturbing things about this case is that the government settled but now it's been sealed. that's a disturbing back for that everybody wants to know, if this is a public safety concern
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and this was because there was a cell disorder the amount of shots, shouldn't you tell us who have children who are getting our kids vaccinated? >> does the judge explain what would be the thinking behind ceiling this sealing this information that is potentially valuable to parents? >> well, look, autism is such a problem. there's so many children. it's an epidemic. sealing anything that could give you a clue as to when, where, and how is a public safety issue and unseal it. the government is using tax dollars to pay for compensation and damages in this case. don't we have a right to know what this case is about? and heidi, it begs the question, what is the government hiding? >> this does not represent anything other than a very specific situation. and a very sad situation. as far as the family of the affected child. it would be completely wrong to say that this has bearing to the
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vast majority of children with autism. this little girl had a condition unknown to the doctors when they add ministered the vaccine. >> then why settle the case? if this was just some kind of freak reaction, why does the government feel that they are libel to pay $1.5 million and then 500,000 a year, which will equal about $20 million. >> you're an attorney, obviously and so impassioned about this. what is the next logical step in if this is sealed, what is the next option for parents asking the same question that you are. why? i want to know what is in this case? >> i think you're going to see a flurry of cases trying to get that unsealed. also, it begs the question that obviously this case, they are saying that it was a result -- there was a pre-existing
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cellular condition abnormality. are they prescening kids now because of this? my son got vaccinated. he wasn't screened for abnormalities. what are they going to do now that they know that some kind of abnormality may cause autism? there are all kinds of things that need to be answered here and sealing the case seems like the government is hiding something. >> karen desoto, thank you. the white house says staff sergeant salador went beyond the call of duty during an october 2007 attack when he jumped into the line of fire, enemy fire, to pull a fellow soldier back to cover. the president spoke with him earlier today to let him know he's receiving the nation's highest military honor.
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>> a senior pentagon official says that the defense department is talking to the publisher of an upcoming book over concerns that the book may reveal classified information. the book is called "operation dark heart." it's written by tony schafer. the book details co-vert operations and specific tactics for targeting al qaeda leaders in pakistan. the pentagon is attempting to buy the entire first printing. that's 10,000 copies, in order to destroy it. joining me now with reaction is an msnbc analyst and congressional honor recipient. what is your reaction? that they are trying to buy out these books and also would this man really reveal classified information and bring danger or harm to anyone? >> i think what happens here is
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he submitted the manuscript to be cleared by the army reserve who subsequently told him that it was cleared for publishing and did not contain any classified information. it's not certain what the army reserve did to check out away from the army reserve but it was subsequently discovered that the defense intelligence agency, one of the many, many intelligent agencies in the united states government said that some information that they had classified was in that book and that's what -- >> have you ever heard anything like this? the spokesperson did not confirm that the pentagon is buying these books but it's sure -- how do you process this move here? >> it's very simple. i think if i were the publisher, i would go ahead and pub lesh 100,000 copies. you produce as many as you can.
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once the information is out there, it's too late. that's like telling the jury to disregard what -- >> right. >> you can't ignore anything and they aren't going to be able to get it off the net, for example. >> details of could have vert operations, tactics for leaders in pakistan, would this jeopardize anything that is happening? >> it's possible. it depends on how specific it is and whether or not it's specific to ongoing operations that have not yet been completed. it is possible that it may jeopardize our troops out there. >> he got it cleared by the army reserve earlier this year. is this, again, another example of people not communicating? >> you have that right. there has to be -- and i'm not making this up. a dozen different kinds of intelligence organizations in the executive branch. the director of national intelligence, the dni, which created after 9/11 to make sure
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we coordinated all of these activities, is in charge of all of these, it seems to me that it's still uncoordinated as ever. >> and when you clear your throat, i know you want to say something more candid but i know you won't. >> well, this is a family television show. a federal judge rules to block don't ask, don't tell. the lawsuit was brought by the republicans who challenged the law under the fifth and first amendments. the ruling said that the policy has a directful and harmful effect on the armed services. and in philadelphia, kraft's food employee went on a shooting rampage. police say 43-year-old yvonne
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returned to the plant with a 357 magnum after being suspended for allegedly feuding with colleagues. about 100 people were in the factory during the rampage. all of the victims were shot in a third-floor break room. police took her to custody after a standoff. for the first time in 40 years, the faa is changing the rules for airline pilots, setting new guidelines for how many hours they can work and how much time they have to rest. let's get more from tom costello. >> good day to you. you may remember that crew rest time, pilot fatigue, became a major issue following an air crash in 2009 in which 50 people died. now the faa is taking concrete steps to increase the rest time that pilots must have but also to address the total duty time, the total day that the pilot can work. it was the crash of flight in
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buffalo that brought to a head of concerns of regional airline safety, pilot qualifications, training, and fatigue. >> unfortunately, it's taken 50 more lives for us to focus additional attention on these issues that have not been addressed. >> reporter: since then, congress has acted raising the minimum flight hours for new commercial pilots from just 250 hours to 1500 hours. the faa is setting new guidelines for the number of hours that pilots are required to work and rest. rules that haven't changed since the 1940s that still allow airlines to schedule pilots for 16-hour duty days, eight hours of that flying and eight hours forest. but the rest time starts when the pilot pulls the plane up to the gate, not when he or she arrives at a hotel. msnbc has learned that the fa a's new rules that require that they get nine hours of rest from the time they get to the hotel. the length of their duty day
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will now depend on time zone changes, time of day, the number of takeoffs and landings, and whether they are flying long-haul flights or shorter regional flights. the former head of the ntsb says the buffalo crash will go down as having dramatically changed the rules for commercial aviation. >> the accident that occurred 18 months ago was clearly a pivotal moment. it really brought all of the players together. the industry, congress, and the faa, and recognized that there were inadequacies in the system that needed to be addressed. >> the faa insists that all of this is going to be based on science and is based on scientific research it's conducted over the last 18 months to two years on sleep cycles and how much down time pilots need in order to do their jobs effectively. it's going to be interesting to see how the pilots''s union weighs in on this.
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if they approve of the actual details of the plan. back to you. >> tom, thank you. sarah ferguson has a new high-profile job. can yea west is getting ready to come back into the spotlight. let's go to the scoop for this. courtney, what have you got? >> sarah ferguson, finally all of the rumors that she was going to get a show on oprah's new network. she's going to get a new six-part series called "finding sarah." >> like a reality show? >> like the stand by with dr. phil lip mcgraw and -- and they are expecting to launch that the first quarter of 2001.
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and oprah network launches on january 11, 2001. a lot of people are wanting to know more about sarah ferguson. sole this sunday night, the music awards, finally, it's here. kanye west is the big chatter about. this he's going to be performing but we don't know in what capacity. he was twittering about taylor swift who he had the big altercation with last year and taylor said she's not interested in any makeup and kiss thing at the awards. lady gaga is nominated for 13 awards and eminem will be performing. also this weekend at the box
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office, the big chatter is that wa keen phoenix's new movie opens in 20 theaters. it's directed by ben affleck's brother and by all reviews say that, yes, it's a hoax. robert ebbert said that phoenix is hurdling towards the same which kills his brother. it's not going to win the box office financially but it definitely wins in buzz factor. another interesting thing about this movie, the wide release is going to be on demand. in two weeks you'll be able to get it ondemand. >> but i think this is really the new distribution factor, release closer to ondemand to the theater date is a good things for movies. >> you and i are in a twitter
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be sentenced to death. she hired two men to kill mer husband and son. the judge gave lewis the death penalty saying that she was "clearly the head of this circus." one of the killers committed suicide in 2006 but not before writing a letter exxon rating lewis. i knew she was someone who could be easily manipulated. killing julian and charles lewis was entirely my idea. i needed money and teresa was an easy target. i read your report there and i couldn't believe what i was reading, if this was all true and accurate. what is the latest and the possibility of the judge stepping in this case? >> it wouldn't be a judge stepping in. it would be governor mcdonald of virginia. he said that no later than a week before she's scheduled to be killed, which is september 23rd, he will decide whether
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he's going to be granting her clemency but we're not sure what his decision is going to be on that. >> back to teresa and her mental capacity, she was tested and tell me a little bit more about what those tests revealed about her mental disability. >> she took two iq tests. one she scored a 73 and the other a 70. 70 and below is considered legally mentally disabled. she was ruled borderline functioning, the stage above intellectually disabled and therefore she can still be legally sentenced to death although it's very controversial. >> and the plot that she was convicted of was said to be because of insurance money, $250,000. but then you have this note that rotney fuller wrote before he committed suicide. from your report, that's not admissible. explain why.
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>> it is inadmissible because there's a limit to the kind of evidence that you can present before an appeals court after a sentence like this has already been handed down. and i spoke with ms. lewis' defense attorney and he's trying to bring it before a court. the letter was written in 2003 and no court has been willing to look at it. >> she would be the first to be executed in virginia as a woman in 98 years? >> 98 years. it's rare. there's only been 12 women -- well, including her, 12 women total executed in the united states since it was reinstated in the '70s. i think this is bringing a lot of attention to the fact that the u.s. still has a death penalty. >> thank you very much. we'll continue to see what the next move is.
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there's a lot going on today. california may become the very first day to legalize the growing, selling, and recreational use of marijuana. the vote on november 2nd could go either way.
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californians are split evenly on this issue. if passed, the law will mark another milestone for the state. they were the first to legalize marijuana for medicinal use 14 years ago. michael bloomberg is throwing his support behind charlie rangel in the form of a recorded phone call. it's, expected to flood phone lines this sunday. and cory booker said snooki was stuck in newark traffic and it was no fun so the mayor responded by saying, snooki, i'm the mayor. where are you so i can give you a ticket for texting and driving. we need the revenue. and we need safe roads. do it for that, not because of the cash. those are things that we thought you should know. that wraps up this hour. i'm tamron hall. join me weekdays at 11:00 and
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